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View Poll Results: Which kind of beer(s) do you always seem to screw up?
Bitters 2 11.76%
Brown Ales 4 23.53%
California Commons 1 5.88%
Fruit Beers 2 11.76%
Stouts 1 5.88%
IPAs 1 5.88%
Wheats 5 29.41%
Everything 2 11.76%
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Old 11-16-2005, 09:00 PM   #1
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I love bitters. There is something so right about this simple style of beer. So why can't I manage to make one. I have tried three batches of bitter this year. All of them are simple recipes. All of the came out horrid. Everything I made this year other than bitters came out great, including a complicated apricot ale. I think the beer gods, for some reason, just don't want me making a decent bitter. Is there a style that you love, but just can't seem to work out even though everything else you make is good?

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Old 11-16-2005, 09:07 PM   #2
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Stout. I've done 3 and I can't get it right.
The milk stout was okay, but the style isn't up my alley.

I want a nice dry stout and I can't seem to do it.

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Old 11-16-2005, 09:13 PM   #3
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brown ales. I have a recipe that I am "ok" with, but I always find it to be lacking something and not as satisfying as it could have been.

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brown ales. I have a recipe that I am "ok" with, but I always find it to be lacking something and not as satisfying as it could have been.

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Since I've become a hophead, brown ales are SO boring to me. I owe it to Newcastle Brown Ale that got me started brewing though. I wanted to be able to make that. 2 of my first 4 batches were brown ales, and they turned out good enough to continue to brew. I look back on those beers now and realize how far my brewing has come since then though.
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Any wheat ale with fruit in it. Every summer I try a few times to make a cherry or raspberry or bluberry wheat and it just never comes out how I'd expect it to.

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kephren ,what is wrong w/ your bitters? what do you do different than other brews?

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I'm not sure what goes wrong. I had one that was extremely bland... lacked any body or bitterness. Might as well had been drinking iced tea. I had one that was waaaay too malty. I'm guessing I used the wrong mash temp, although I kept it between 149-153. And the one I have in bottles now tastes like... well... fresh cut grass. I think that's from dry hopping with fuggles. It's mellowing out after a few months in the bottle, but still not good enough to give to friends.

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do you like ESB's and do you do all grain?

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I'm with Kephren. I've only brewed one ordinary bitter and it just didn't have th body I wanted. Like Kephren said, Iced Tea. Very, very mild. I added hop tea and 4 oz of maltodextrin along with DME when I primed. It's keg conditioning now. We'll see how the finished product turns out. It seems more difficult to make a low gravity brew come out with fullness I want.

My weizen is progressing nicely may be a little heavy on the banana right now but I'm expecting it to mellow a bit. My Scottish ales are better than you can get at the beer store for sure. My kolsch is still in primary but seems fine, color is great.

I'm brewing an oatmeal stout next. We'll see how that goes.

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maybe mash in at a little higher temp, maybe 154-155 degrees. maybe add some carapils. maybe boil for 75 or 90 minutes......

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